April 24, 2020 Subject:
Excellent companion to "Following Egeria" by Lawrence Farley
I am an Orthodox Christian. But I didn't start out that way. I got there in a long, round-about way. After a couple decades of "religious studies" I joined a Protestant Christian. It was a good Church. Still is. The people are loving. Still something felt Like it was missing. So, I started searching for the roots of the Christian Church.
First, I wanted to know what happened after the book of "Acts of the Apostles". At the time I thought, "How did the 12 Apostles spread the Gospel around the world?"
Many books, and many Church-shopping trips, later I found the Orthodox Church.
Long story (I know) to get to the point - about the book...
This is the story (biography) of a woman who went on a pilgrimage to see - with her own eyes - where it all happened.
This book includes some of the oldest first-hand accounts of the early Christian practices including when and how worship services were conducted. And - these early practices are visible in the Orthodox Christian liturgy today.
So - if you ever ask yourself, "Why is the Orthodox liturgy like this? And - how do we know that the practices came down from the Apostles?" - read this short book.